U.S. Congressman Max Miller Highlights Advocacy for Local Water Resource Projects

Feb 02, 2024

WASHINGTON D.C. Congressman Max Miller (OH-7) today announced that he is advocating for water resource projects for Northeast Ohio communities as part of the 2024 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). The projects were submitted to Miller by local officials and will now be considered by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for inclusion in the final bill. 

“We have a critical opportunity to advance projects that will strengthen Northeast Ohio’s infrastructure and bolster our region,” said Congressman Miller. “I am grateful for the local leaders who brought these projects to my attention, and I look forward to working with them to see each project through.” 

Miller solicited projects from all four counties in Ohio’s 7th Congressional District and submitted a total of eleven projects for consideration. The projects focus principally on reducing flood and storm damage, improving navigable channels, and restoring aquatic ecosystems. The WRDA bill will be written by and advance through the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Miller will continue to advocate to the Committee for inclusion of each project important to Northeast Ohio. 

“The City of North Olmsted is so grateful for Congressman Miller’s advocacy on behalf of our community’s infrastructure and environmental needs,” said North Olmsted Mayor Nicole Dailey Jones. “North Olmsted’s Environmental Infrastructure Initiative will enable us to partner more closely with the Army Corps of Engineers and make these necessary improvements for compliance with the Clean Water Act and EPA regulations sooner. We want to make sure that our residents have everything they need to make their lives healthier.” 

“I am grateful for Congressman Miller’s tireless efforts for the City of Solon and all of Northeast Ohio,” said Solon Mayor Kraus. “Solon, like so many communities, has a tremendous amount of infrastructure needs. This WRDA authorization provided by Congressman Miller will enable the City of Solon to engage more meaningfully and productively with our regulators at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. EPA.” 

“Inclusion of the Cleveland Harbor Eastern Embayment Resilience Strategy (CHEERS) project as a significant initiative in the Water Resources Development Act will help propel this essential endeavor in Cleveland,” said Will Friedman, President & CEO of the Port of Cleveland. “CHEERS solves an urgent need for a sustainable sediment placement site over the next two decades. We extend our gratitude to Representative Miller for his support of this transformational project that will benefit the citizens of Northeast Ohio.” 

“The water line we are seeking to replace was put into service when Teddy Roosevelt was President and is well past the end of its service life, and subject to frequent breaks and outages,” said Chagrin Falls Mayor Tomko. 

Projects Benefitting OH-07: 

  • Village of Apple Creek: Flood Control Stormwater Management 
  • Village of Brooklyn Height: Stormwater Outfall Repairs 
  • Village of Chagrin Falls: Regional Water and Sewer System Upgrades  
  • Port of Cleveland: Cleveland Harbor Eastern Embayment Resilience Strategy (CHEERS)  
  • City of Fairview Park: Coe Creek Dredging Project  
  • City of North Olmsted: Wastewater Treatment Plant 
  • City of Rocky River: Emergency Dredging Project   
  • City of Solon: Environmental and Economic Development Initiative 
  • City of Strongsville: Foltz Parkway Development 
  • City of Westlake: Marshfield Lake Dam  
  • Ohio Department of Natural Resources: Little Killbuck Creek Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention  

Editor’s note regarding the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA): 

The Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) is biannual legislation designed to foster economic growth and preserve natural resources in local communities. Through WRDA, Congress authorizes water resource projects that are administered through the Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works. 

Editor’s note regarding Congressman Miller: 

Congressman Max Miller represents Ohio’s Seventh District which includes Medina and Wayne counties as well as parts of Cuyahoga and Holmes counties. Miller serves on the House Agriculture Committee and the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, for which he is also Chairman of the Environment Subcommittee. The Republican freshmen members selected Miller as their representative to the Republican Steering Committee.  He is a member of the Republican Study Committee, Main Street Caucus, and the Congressional Jewish Caucus. Before joining Congress, Miller spent six years in the Marine Corps Reserves and served in several senior positions for President Donald Trump. Please visit http://maxmiller.house.gov for more information.  


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